New 'Shared with Me' Feature Released in Office 2016 Fast Ring

Fast Ring release new collaborative Share with Me feature in Word/PowerPoint/Excel. Office 2016 for Mac preview to Slow ring. Executable live code in OneNote, dBASE support in Access, redesigned Microsoft Educator Community.

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The Office Insider program for Windows Desktop is now available in two levels—Office Insider Slow and Office Insider Fast. With that, Microsoft has just added a new features dubbed "Shared with Me" to Fast Ring.

Available in the latest Office Insider Fast update for Office 2016 version 1610 Build 7329.1000 or greater— "new Shared with Me help you get an early look at the feature on Word, PowerPoint and Excel," writes Microsoft.

Until recently, the Office team had only released Slow Ring equivalent previews to Insiders, but on August 30, 2016, testers were moved to new Fast Ring release cycle.

Office Insiders in the Fast Ring can access Share With Me in their Office File settings. The feature when opted notify you and other collaborators, when someone shares a document, presentation, or spreadsheet. The notification automatically appear when you click Open -> Shared with Me, Office team explained.

The team notes, Shared with Me can show files only when shared document are stored on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online.

The company encouraging users to take on this feature, and let them know how its working—particularly the company insists on noting following details:

  • How long does it take for documents shared with you to show up in the list?
  • Is the list accurate?, writes office team.

office insider fast ring shared with me

And, those interested in switching from Slow level to new Fast level, the company explains Office Insiders first install the first Fast build 16.0.7341.2021, then:

  • "In any Office 2016 app, click File > Account > Office Insider > Change Level.
  • Select Insider Fast as your level, agree to the terms of use and then click OK.
  • Click Update Options > Update Now to install the Office Insider Fast build," the team explained the Fast ring opt-in process. At this point, version 16.0.7329.1000 should be installed.

You can check your installed version by clicking File -> Account and look for the version information under the Office Updates heading.

Additionally, as an Office Insider on the Fast level, you would also getting a sneak peek at new naming convention —for example, "you may see version 1610 Build 7329.1000 instead of 16.0.7329.1000," wrties office team.

office insider: change slow to fast ring

Preview of Office 2016 for Mac September feature update is now available to those in Office Insider Slow ring.

The new version number bumps to 15.26 Build 160903 will be installed if you've slected to receive updates automatically.

To manually check and receive updates, click Help -> Check for Updates -> Check for Updates.

New features included in the 15.26 (need an Office 365 subscription):

  • PowerPoint Designer offer you high-quality professional design ideas for your slides—when you supply pictures.
  • Color your guides: In PowerPoint, choose a color and make your guides stand out against the slide background.
  • Focus mode: In Word, click View -> Focus to hide the ribbon, panes, and status bar so you can focus solely on your content, explained

focus mode in office 2016 for mac slow ring

While OneNote already has many features for education such as OneNote Class Notebooks and Learning Tools for OneNote, Microsoft is now making programming to teach easier with the ability to embed code snippets using note taking app.

Teachers can include live code demo from Repl.it into OneNote notebooks as an embedded object. If you are not familiar with Repl.it, "it's a powerful tool that allows teachers to create live executable code examples in more than 30 major coding languages including Python, Ruby, JavaScript, Java and more with highly customizable, simple and easy-to-use IDE-like features."

Here are the steps to add code:

  • First, write your code in Repl.it, then grab the Share Link by clicking "Share" button.
  • Next, paste the Share Link into a OneNote page. Once down, the executable code snippet will embed as part of the lesson plan, OneNote team explained.

onenote notebooks: share live code from repl.it

onenote notebooks: embed live code snippet from repl.it

For the last 20 years, Microsoft Access has been embraced by millions to support critical business processes. Starting on 09/07, Microsoft re-introducing dBASE file support (.dbf) in Access 2016 for Office 365 subscribers.

The .dbf support removed from Access in 2013, but citing UserVoice feedback (particularly from Geographic Information System (GIS) community), it's back again.

The .dbf support now allow you import and link to data stored in dBASE database in Access.

The team notes, it'll first roll out to Office Insider participants and later to consumer and commercial Office 365 subscribers.

Those having an Office 365 subscription, make sure to have latest version of Office to get on this dBASE sipport.

dbase support for access 2016 in office 365

Microsoft also redesigned its Educator Community, that makes the site more efficient, personalized and easier to use.

The restructured Microsoft Educator Community site features an intuitive design, better navigation and easier ways of finding content relevant to particular age groups, subject matters and locations.

  • reorganized categories and subcategories make all sections easily accessible.
  • hovering over content tiles offer more information about it.
  • filter button help you quickly find exact content you want.
  • homepage minimizing scrolling now arranges content more efficiently.
  • Personalized content recommendations are offered using Azure Machine Learning.
  • Learning Path summary now display a checkbox next to completed courses, and an icon next to those in progress.
  • site is now organized to suit four personas — Training and professional development-focused, Information Seekers, Skypers, and Contributors.
  • A new Community Menu along the left side is always there. Don't need it? Simply select "Community Menu" again to hide it.
  • Always know where you are with color-coded categories and a new consistency to the structure of different pages on the site, writes Education team blog.

restructured microsoft education community homepage

personalized microsoft education community